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Jobs Rated 2012: Ranking 200 Jobs From Best to Worst

A group of people with various jobs By Victoria Brienza

This is the 2012 version of the top 200 Jobs Rated report. Read the Top 200 Jobs of 2013 here.

Finding your dream job requires more than just hoping the stars will align in your favor. You probably have a better chance of winning the lottery than having the job fairy deliver you the perfect job just when you need one. In fact, you likely ended up in your current career because you followed in your parent’s footsteps (or heeded their advice), or you took a job because it was something you thought might be “cool” to do. Perhaps a teacher suggested your current career path, or maybe a job simply “opened up” just when you needed one.

Landing the job that’s right for you – that’s a good match for your skills and interests - requires soul-searching, some trial and error and lots of research. And we’re here to help! Our 2012 Jobs Rated report helps job seekers sort through the clutter with a comprehensive analysis of 200 different jobs – from Accountant to Zoologist – ranking each profession based on factual analysis and hard data instead of guesswork.

How do our Jobs Rated researchers determine which professions rank better than others?

Our team gathers mounds of data and sorts through all of the factors to break each element into five key categories: Physical Demands, Work Environment, Income, Stress and Hiring Outlook. Jobs receive a score in each individual category, and when these are added together, the career with the best overall score is ranked 1st, while the one with the worst overall score is ranked 200th. By sorting the data of the 200 jobs into one central list, our Jobs Rated report serves as a valuable resource for anyone trying to research their career options, get an understanding of what a job entails and see a clearer picture of the job market potential. (For complete details on how we score, visit the JobsRated.com Methodology Page)

Although each individual’s experience with a position can vary greatly, our Jobs Rated report is here to help you make a more qualified career decision based on data rather than subjective surveys. Take a look and a first step towards a possible new career.

Researches, designs, develops and maintains software systems along with hardware development for medical, scientific, and industrial purposes.

  • Overall Score: 176.00
  • Income: $88,142.00

  • Work Environment:
    41.000
  • Stress:
    10.420
  • Hiring Outlook:
    25.02

Interprets statistics to determine probabilities of accidents, sickness, and death, and loss of property from theft and natural disasters.

  • Overall Score: 226.00
  • Income: $88,202.00

  • Work Environment:
    44.860
  • Stress:
    16.020
  • Hiring Outlook:
    27.72

Plans, directs, and/or coordinates all human resource activities and staff of an organization.

  • Overall Score: 281.00
  • Income: $99,102.00

  • Work Environment:
    44.000
  • Stress:
    14.020
  • Hiring Outlook:
    19.52

Assists dentists in diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of a group or private dental practice.

  • Overall Score: 289.00
  • Income: $68,109.00

  • Work Environment:
    54.550
  • Stress:
    12.090
  • Hiring Outlook:
    35.79

Related to careers in portfolio management, the financial planner offers a broad range of services aimed at assisting individuals in managing and planning their financial future.

  • Overall Score: 300.00
  • Income: $104,161.00

  • Work Environment:
    50.000
  • Stress:
    18.610
  • Hiring Outlook:
    22.81

Diagnoses and treats hearing problems by attempting to discover the range, nature, and degree of hearing function.

  • Overall Score: 311.00
  • Income: $67,137.00

  • Work Environment:
    53.130
  • Stress:
    9.370
  • Hiring Outlook:
    37.17

Develops individualized programs of activity for mentally, physically, developmentally and emotionally impaired persons, to aid them in achieving self-reliance.

  • Overall Score: 318.00
  • Income: $72,110.00

  • Work Environment:
    54.130
  • Stress:
    13.100
  • Hiring Outlook:
    33.60

Plans, directs, or coordinates advertising policies, campaigns and programs online.

  • Overall Score: 343.00
  • Income: $87,255.00

  • Work Environment:
    54.000
  • Stress:
    21.550
  • Hiring Outlook:
    25.55

Plans and develops computer systems for businesses and scientific institutions.

  • Overall Score: 370.00
  • Income: $78,148.00

  • Work Environment:
    47.390
  • Stress:
    16.480
  • Hiring Outlook:
    22.58

Applies mathematical theories and formulas to teach or solve problems in a business, educational, or industrial climate.

  • Overall Score: 392.00
  • Income: $99,191.00

  • Work Environment:
    46.860
  • Stress:
    12.910
  • Hiring Outlook:
    16.61

Assesses hearing, speech, and language disabilities and provides treatment. Assists individuals with communication disorders through diagnostic techniques.

  • Overall Score: 397.00
  • Income: $67,142.00

  • Work Environment:
    53.130
  • Stress:
    12.420
  • Hiring Outlook:
    23.82

Diagnoses visual disorders and prescribes and administers corrective and rehabilitative treatments.

  • Overall Score: 421.00
  • Income: $95,152.00

  • Work Environment:
    59.940
  • Stress:
    16.520
  • Hiring Outlook:
    33.62

Plans and directs treatment to improve mobility and alleviate pain in persons disabled by injury or disease.

  • Overall Score: 438.00
  • Income: $76,100.00

  • Work Environment:
    59.130
  • Stress:
    14.000
  • Hiring Outlook:
    39.00

Advises physicians and patients on the affects of drugs and medications; prepares and dispenses prescriptions.

  • Overall Score: 476.00
  • Income: $112,070.00

  • Work Environment:
    65.290
  • Stress:
    15.700
  • Hiring Outlook:
    24.10

Creating and maintaining layout, navigation, and interactivity of intranet and internet websites.

  • Overall Score: 484.00
  • Income: $76,179.00

  • Work Environment:
    51.000
  • Stress:
    22.790
  • Hiring Outlook:
    21.49

Plans drilling locations and effective production methods for optimal access to oil and natural gas.

  • Overall Score: 506.00
  • Income: $114,148.00

  • Work Environment:
    52.060
  • Stress:
    19.480
  • Hiring Outlook:
    17.48

Assesses patients' dietary needs, plans menus, and instructs patients and their families about proper nutritional care.

  • Overall Score: 510.00
  • Income: $53,127.00

  • Work Environment:
    49.800
  • Stress:
    10.270
  • Hiring Outlook:
    18.97

Tabulates, analyzes, and interprets the numeric results of experiments and surveys.

  • Overall Score: 517.00
  • Income: $73,205.00

  • Work Environment:
    44.760
  • Stress:
    14.050
  • Hiring Outlook:
    15.15

Treats physical problems by manipulating various parts of the body, especially the spinal column.

  • Overall Score: 518.00
  • Income: $67,350.00

  • Work Environment:
    60.940
  • Stress:
    13.500
  • Hiring Outlook:
    30.80

Studies human behavior by examining the interaction of social groups and institutions.

  • Overall Score: 532.00
  • Income: $72,195.00

  • Work Environment:
    52.470
  • Stress:
    18.950
  • Hiring Outlook:
    19.05

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